Two beef cattle workshops, Beyond the Bunk and Beef College, combined this year to give producers a bigger program with more options.
This daylong beef cattle workshop will be held Dec. 19 at the Best Western Doublewood Inn in Bismarck. It is a collaborative effort of the North Dakota State University Animal Sciences Department, NDSU Extension Service and North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA).
Key industry spokesmen will offer insights into the state of the beef industry and how current research efforts can position North Dakota producers to adapt to a changing industry. The latest research on feed efficiency, vaccination programs and improving the feeding value of corn stover are among the topics at the event.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the program starts at 9:30. Speakers for the event and their presentation topics are:
· John Paterson, executive director of producer education, National Cattlemen's Beef Association - challenges and opportunities in the beef industry: where we are and where we are headed
· Clay Mathis, director and endowed chair of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management - what producers can do to meet industry challenges and opportunities: what's worth the worry and what's not
· Jim McDonald, nutritionist with the University of Nebraska - using quicklime to improve feeding value of low-quality feeds
· Kim Vonnahme, reproductive physiologist in the NDSU Animal Sciences Department - impact of gestational nutrition on calf development
· Eric Berg, meat scientist in the NDSU Animal Sciences Department - whether beef has an impact on early puberty in girls
· Gerald Stokka, NDSU Extension livestock stewardship specialist - new discoveries in calf vaccination strategies
· Kendall Swanson, nutritionist in the NDSU Animal Sciences Department - impacts of distillers grain on backgrounding, feedlot performance and feed efficiency
· Doug Landblom, animal scientist at NDSU's Dickinson Research Extension Center - alternating days of cow supplement and replacing forage with field pea/corn coproduct pellets
· Vern Anderson, animal scientist at NDSU's Carrington Research Extension Center - NDSU feedlot research update
· Dwight Aakre, NDSU Extension farm management specialist - corn silage as a low-cost energy feed
· Rob Maddock, NDSU Extension meat specialist - increasing high-quality grade in cattle
A young producer panel will discuss the path to transitioning into their operation and their future plans, and offer advice for others trying to gain a foothold in the industry. Panelists are Jason Topp, Grace City; Dustin Seright, Towner; and Doug Bichler, Linton. The panel will be moderated by Julie Ellingson, NDSA executive director, and Greg Lardy, NDSU Animal Sciences Department head.
The cost of the program is $30 if paid by Dec. 12 and will include lunch. The cost after that date is $40 and will not include lunch.
To register online, go to http://www.ndsu.edu/cattledocs. Mail payments to Megan Kortie, NDSU Dept. 7630, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050. Write your birth date on your payment if you are paying by personal check.
For more information about the Beyond the Bunk/Beef College event, contact Scott Ressler at (701) 223-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Carl Dahlen at (701) 231-5588 or email@example.com. For questions about registration, contact Kortie at (701) 231-7641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.